In the name of journalism, I did a little Sunday Night Football research for this column. And by research, I mean I went down a YouTube rabbit hole of Sunday Night Football theme songs. I heard that NBC had a new intro song this year, but I haven’t been in front of the TV in time to hear it. So I fired up YouTube and started listening and watching. Before I got to the 2018 song, I watched every single intro from 2006-17.
Every. Single. One.
Yes, the songs are super cheesy. But they’re also super catchy. It’s also hilarious to see the evolution of cell phones and cell phone sponsorships in these videos. Until now, I didn’t know that Pink started singing the song in 2006. It’s not bad. Faith Hill took over the next year and did it until Underwood took the reins in 2013. The former American Idol winner played it safe the first few years and sang “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” — same song as her predecessors, the one inspired by Joan Jett’s “Hate Myself for Loving You.” But beginning in 2016 she put her own stamp with brand new songs every year.
Here’s my definitive ranking of the Carrie Underwood SNF theme songs:
1. 2016 - OHHHHH SUNDAY NIGHT. How can you not get chills hearing Carrie’s voice belt out those first three words. The classic song is good, but it needed a refresh. Carrie delivers and then some.
2. 2017 - Same song as 2016, just without the OHH SUNDAY NIGHT intro. She goes straight into singing about people standing up and cheering as she walks through a deserted downtown wearing a red dress. Watching it now, the first scene reminds me of Beyonce’s Hold Up music video.
3. 2014 and 2015 - Carrie is KILLIN’ it. Original song and absolutely owning the stage in the intro video. She keeps getting more and more glam, and I’m here for that transformation.
4. 2018 - Maybe it has to grow on me, but it’s just meh right now. “Game on, It’s Sunday night,” isn’t as catchy as “Waiting all day for Sunday night” and it doesn’t have the same punch as “OHHH SUNDAY NIGHT,” either.
5. 2013 - The vocals for the original song were spot on (obviously), but Carrie didn’t look totally comfortable in the intro video. Plus I’m not a huge fan of the cut off jean shorts look.
You can watch a compilation of the SNF theme songs from 2006-2017 here.
But you didn’t come here for a review of corporate theme songs, you’re here to see the answers to your Twitter questions. So here ya go:
Chances TK plays on Sunday?— Ellen Tolsma (@ellen_tolsma) October 11, 2018
Better than Justin Houston’s odds to play. But I think it is concerning that he hasn’t practiced at all this week. I’d say that he’s 50-50 to play.
Can you get Nate Orchard’s wife to bake us cookies? Cash app ready cc: @ChiefsReporter— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) October 11, 2018
I’m going to ask really, really nicely and cross my fingers that it works. He told me Wednesday that she was getting to town in a few days and his new teammates have already been asking about the cookies.
Who will have more success against the Chiefs defense, Brady or Baker.— Krista Riley (@MarinClassic21) October 11, 2018
I like this question a lot. I’m going with Brady because of the weapons on the Patriots. The Browns don’t have Rob Gronkowski, and I think that mismatch will be a real problem for the Chiefs this weekend.
My questions: team seems confident in Lucas, is he a long term solution or a band aid? Is Sammy ready to go for Sunday? Is Patty Cakes an Xbox or ps4 guy?— Still waiting for my goatee to connect (@BadGuyMcFly) October 11, 2018
I don’t think Jordan Lucas is the long term solution at safety, especially considering the guys that are on the mend right now. They’d much rather have Eric Murray, Eric Berry or Daniel Sorensen in that spot. But he’s a solid band-aid. He might be an ACE bandage wrap — not a permanent solution, but a longer term fix than a band-aid — and anchor the spot until one of those guys gets healthy.
As far as Sammy Watkins goes, he’s healthy and ready for Sunday. He hasn’t been on the injury report this week and seems really relaxed in the locker room. He also said Thursday that playing in KC is the most fun he’s had. I think that’s exactly what you want to hear from a guy who could end up being the X factor this season.
I don’t know for certain if Patrick Mahomes is an Xbox or PlayStation guy, but I’m going team PlayStation, only because that’s what my fiance plays. I didn’t know there was much of a difference, but he gets really offended when I ask if he’s playing Xbox.
Are the chiefs interested in flowers from the giants?— Brian Davidson (@BrianDa94451413) October 9, 2018
Don’t believe so.
Should the Chiefs play the long game and sit anyone with injuries versus the Patriots so they can be available for the easier schedule ahead?— Andrew Brandt (@ABrandt42) October 9, 2018
Seems that’s what they may have to do with a couple of the injured defensive guys. Winning this game would obviously be huge, but I think the Chiefs are still in the driver’s seat in the AFC even if they lose. Having guys like Justin Houston and Tanoh Kpassagnon healthy for the long haul is the most important thing.
You ready for Sunday Night at Arrowhead?— Ryan David Edwards (@ByRyanEdwards) October 9, 2018
Yeah, when is Eric Berry gonna be ready to start playing safety again?— John Baylog (@diamoxpeanuts) October 9, 2018
I think he’ll start practicing next week. But who knows, honestly.